Thursday, May 11, 2017

100 YEARS OF JAPANESE ANIMATION! Classic Japanese Cartoons Now in English!

Doraemon is a little too new-school for Japanese Anime Film Classics. Photo by Brett Homenick.

Japanese animation (or anime) isn't really my bag, but here's a Web site that ought to appeal to connoisseurs of both Japanese history and pop culture. The National Film Center of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, has just launched an English-language site called Japanese Animated Film Classics on which you can watch some of the earliest cartoons from Japan.

The best part of the Web site? The cartoons are subtitled in English!

It's all part of the 100th anniversary of animation in Japan, which (near as historians can tell) likely began in 1917. 

Better hurry, though, as the site will likely cease operation by the end of the year. Don't miss your chance to check these rarely-seen classics out for yourself!

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